Immigrate through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot: temporary work permit (optional)

Optional: Apply for a temporary work permit

If you meet the requirements for permanent residence under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, you may be eligible to apply for a temporary work permit. The application process for a temporary work permit is paper based.

You must have:

  • a job offer from a designated employer that meets the requirements of the program you’re applying under
  • a Referral Letter from the Atlantic province where you’ll be working

Starting May 1, 2019, if you apply for a temporary work permit, you need to show that you meet the requirements for:

The requirements are specific to the stream you’re applying for. You only need work experience for the intermediate-skilled and high-skilled workers hired through AIP.

Your employer will ask the province to send you a Referral Letter at the same time they apply to have your job offer endorsed by the province.

The temporary work permit lets you begin working while your permanent resident application is being processed. The temporary work permit:

  • is only for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot
  • is valid for 1 year
  • only lets you work for the employer who offered you the job

You must send your permanent resident application within 90 days of submitting your temporary work permit application.

Getting a temporary work permit doesn’t automatically mean we’ll approve your permanent resident application.

Temporary work permits for spouses/common-law partners

Your spouse/common-law partner can apply for an open work permit if your job is listed as Skill Type 0, or Skill Level A, B or C in the National Occupation Classification.

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